Bio
Sergio Gonella
Born: 1933-05-23
Intl. since: 1972-01-01
Hometown: Forte dei Marmi / Torino
Country: Italy
Speaks: Italian
Occupation: bank manager
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Sergio Gonella's debut in the Serie A was in 1965 and he was promoted UEFA referee in 1972. He lead two important finals: of the 1976 European Championships and the 1978 World Cup.

1975

In 1975 Sergio refereed the SuperCup final Dinamo Kiev vs. Bayer Munchen.

1976 EURO

In 1976 the Italian banker officiated the Euro1976 final between Checoslavakia and West Germany.

1978 WC

In 1978 Sergio took charge of the WC 1978 final between Argentina and The Netherlands. His highest merit internationally. See Did-You-Know section for details.

finished

Also in 1978 Gonella finished his career after 175 matches in the Serie A.

president

From 1998 to 2000 he was president of the Italian Referee Federation.

Did you know
WORLD CUP AND EURO FINALS

  • Sergio Gonella was having dinner at a friend's place in Buenos Aires when a neighbour came by to tell the Italians she just heard one of their country men was going to get the final, someone called Gonella.
  • It was the highlight of his career and his last important match, the 1978 World Cup final Argentina - Netherlands. A controversial tournament, the final held in a stadium that stood very close to the army barracks where people were being tortured. But not during the final.

    Gonella was ordered to start exactly at 3 pm, but just before he wanted to blow his whistle, Argentina player Daniel Passarella told him Dutch striker Rene Van der Kerhof was wearing a cast around his arm, which is dangerous. Van de Kerhof had been wearing the same cast since the start of the tournament, but Gonella knew Passarella had a point. Van de Kerkhof couldn't play.

    If he doesn't play, none of us will play, another Dutch man cried out. Gonalla had a problem. The Italian ref tried to get eye contact with the FIFA bosses on the stand, but none of them looked.

    Then Gonalla found a piece of foam in a dug out and ordered the Dutch to cut it and put it over Rene van de Kerkhof's cast. Play could finally start, nine minutes too late.
  • Gonella considers himself a down to earth kind of person and slept well the night before the final
  • Gonella, who sent off 75 players in 175 Serie A matches, was very lenient in the 1978 final.
Statistics
Statistics for SERGIO GONELLA
Totals Home Away Total
Penalties 3 1 4
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 11 12 23
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0 0 0
Averages Home Away Total
Penalties 0.09 0.03 0.06
Fouls 0 0 0
Yellow 0.32 0.35 0.34
YellowRed 0 0 0
Red 0 0 0

Based on 34 international matches

Matches
MATCHES FOR SERGIO GONELLA
Date Score Yellow Red Penalties Fouls
WC 1978
finalArgentinaNetherlands1978-06-253 - 1 4 (1-3)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
group stageBrazilSpain1978-06-070 - 0 1 (0-1)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup2 1977 - 1978
1/4 finalsAustria WienHajduk1978-03-021 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundLokomotiv SofiaAnderlecht1977-08-131 - 6 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (0-1)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1977 - 1978
1/2 finalsPSVBarcelona1978-03-293 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
2nd roundUjpestAthletic Bilbao1977-10-192 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup 1976 - 1977
1/2 finalsLiverpoolZurich1977-04-203 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
WC 1978 qualifiers - Europe
IrelandBulgaria1977-10-120 - 0 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
BelgiumNetherlands1977-03-260 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup2 1976 - 1977
1/4 finalsLevski SofiaAtlético de Madrid1977-03-022 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1976 - 1977
2nd roundDinamo ZagrebMagdeburg SC1976-11-032 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundSochauxHibernian1976-09-290 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 1976
finalCzechoslovakiaGermany FR1976-06-202 - 2 2 (2-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Olympic Games 1976 qualifiers
Israel OTJapan OT1976-04-114 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Euro 1976 qualifiers
WalesAustria1975-11-191 - 0 4 (2-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
Germany DRBelgium1974-12-070 - 0 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1975 - 1976
2nd roundHertha BSCAjax1975-10-221 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup2 1974 - 1975
2nd roundAustria WienReal Madrid1974-11-062 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup 1974 - 1975
1st roundZurichLeeds United1974-10-022 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
friendly
Germany FRSwitzerland1977-11-164 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
YugolsaviaEngland1974-06-052 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
YugolsaviaHungary1973-09-261 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup 1973 - 1974
1/2 finalsUjpestBayern Munich1974-04-101 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup2 1973 - 1974
2nd roundPAOKLyon1973-11-074 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundVasas SCSunderland1973-09-190 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup 1972 - 1973
1/4 finalsDynamo KyivReal Madrid1973-03-070 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1972 - 1973
3rd roundCrvena ZvezdaTottenham Hotspur1972-12-131 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup2 1972 - 1973
1st roundAtlético de MadridBastia SC1972-09-262 - 1 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
British Championship
ScotlandEngland1972-05-270 - 1 2 (2-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
European Cup2 1971 - 1972
2nd roundLiverpoolBayern Munich1971-10-200 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundGlasgow RangersRennes1971-09-281 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
UEFA Cup 1971 - 1972
1/4 finalsZeljeznicarFerencváros1972-03-221 - 2 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
3rd roundSetúbalUTA Arad1971-12-081 - 0 0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)0 (0-0)
1st roundSouthamptonAthletic Bilbao1971-09-152 - 1 3 (1-2)0 (0-0)1 (1-0)0 (0-0)